Town Meeting Scheduled for Thursday Night, 7/24

Terri Yoho, Executive Director of Kohler Foundation, Inc, will present an informational public forum at the old Marion County Elementary School cafeteria, on Burkhalter Street in Buena Vista, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 24.
Ms. Yoho's informative slide show and talk, which will be presented free of charge, will focus on Kohler Foundation's plans for restoring Pasaquan as well as the project's expected impact on Buena Vista, Marion County, and the surrounding region. Following her presentation, Ms. Yoho will answer questions from citizens about the project and the future of Pasaquan, including its future use by Columbus State University as an arts center. The public is cordially invited and is encouraged to attend.
Since the late 1970s, the preservation of folk architecture and art environments has been a major thrust of Kohler Foundation. After a site has been either acquired by or gifted to the foundation, local and expert partners employ museum-quality conservation techniques to preserve the site. The site is then gifted to a county, town, or cultural institution for the education and enjoyment of the public. Kohler Foundation then works with the recipient and the local community to ensure the future success of the project.



General Contractor Tim Gregory, right, of Columbus, Georgia, directs his crew in carefully replicating the original rafters of the carport.

Art handlers will arrive in a few days to pack up all the loose works for shipment to Chicago, where they will be restored.

Concrete conservators and paint specialists will begin work soon, too.

And plans are underway to establish a Pasaquan archive at Columbus State University.

Check back often for progress reports.



It is with great pride and excitement that the board of Pasaquan Preservation Society announces that Pasaquan will be completely restored by the Kohler Foundation.  Here is the press release from the Kohler Foundation:


Kohler Foundation to Begin Preservation of Pasaquan

Internationally renowned art site in Georgia will be restored by prestigious foundation

KOHLER, Wis. – May 28, 2014 – Kohler Foundation, Inc. of Kohler, Wisconsin, known nationally for their preservation of art, art environments and supporting education initiatives, has announced plans to preserve Pasaquan, the colorful art environment created by Eddie Owens Martin, known as St. EOM, located near Buena Vista, Georgia.

“At seven acres of land and six vibrant buildings, this is one of the largest art environment preservation projects we have ever undertaken,” said Natalie Black Kohler, president of the Kohler Foundation. “Preservation of this site will ensure that future generations of artists and the public will 
be able to experience the varied facets of the property.”

Preservation work at Pasaquan is expected to begin in mid-May, take nearly two years to complete and will include structural work as well as object and painting conservation. Professional conservators from Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles, along with local craftsmen, will work to bring 
the site back to its former glory.

Upon completion, Pasaquan will be gifted to the Columbus State University Foundation for use by the university under the direction of Professor Mike McFalls in the university’s Department of Art. The university will breathe life into the site with events, programming, and educational activities, as well as tours. CSU President Tim Mescon views this as, “An effort that will have an indelible and positive impact on the region.”

The Pasaquan Preservation Society, a private, not-for-profit organization, has been caring for the site since 1986 and for years, they worked diligently to maintain the site. After completing a comprehensive restoration and preservation assessment, the society approached Kohler Foundation about taking on the safeguarding efforts and the two organizations have agreed to transfer ownership of Pasaquan to the Wisconsin-based foundation so conservation work can begin.

Pasaquan is a world renowned art environment created by the late Eddie Owens Martin beginning in the mid-1950s with work continuing until his death in 1986. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the art environment consists of six major structures, including the original farmhouse, now painted and embellished with art, an expanse of brightly painted masonry walls, totems, walkways, temples and a pagoda. Author Tom Patterson, who has chronicled St. EOM’s art site, describes Pasaquan as “one of the most remarkable folk art environments in America—a sort of mock pre-Columbian psychedelic wonderland.”

About Kohler Foundation Inc.
Nationally known for their work with art environments, Kohler Foundation has preserved seven art environments in Wisconsin, plus the Kenny Hill Sculpture Garden in Chauvin, LA; Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield, OH; and the monumental Garden of Eden in Lucas, KS. Most recently, 
Kohler Foundation has been involved with the Bernard Langlais estate in Cushing, ME. Gifts of art by Bernard Langlais have been made to 50 institutions in Maine, plus a selection of iconic wood sculptures will remain in situ to be gifted to the Georges River Land Trust, creating a unique 
collaboration between art preservation and land conservation.

To learn more about Kohler Foundation, visit www.kohlerfoundation.org/.



Pasaquan will not re-open in the Spring as it has for the past several years. It is entering a transitional period during which it will likely undergo a lengthy and long hoped-for restoration process. Additional news is pending. Please stay tuned.



Many thanks to every single musician, artist, poet, volunteer, and visitor who helped celebrate Pasaquan on Artists for Pasaquan weekend.  Check out Friends of St. EOM's Pasaquan Facebook page for some great photos of the event.

Except for private tours, Pasaquan is closed for the winter season.  To arrange a private tour, e-mail us at landofpasaquan@gmail.com. The more notice you can give us, the better. Cost of a private tour is $100 for 1-20 people.

Even though Pasaquan is closed for tours, work is continuing behind the scenes.  Stay tuned here for exciting updates regarding the restoration effort.  Keep your hair combed upward, your power suits zipped, and send good vibrations our way!



The Pasaquan Preservation Society is proud to announce Artists for Pasaquan Weekend, Nov. 2-3, 2013. This event will include site tours, musical performances, food vendors, and an art show and sale featuring the works of many regional artists.
A new feature of Artists for Pasaquan Weekend this year will be "Visions of Pasaquan — Poetry Readings in the Spirit of St. EOM" by Atlanta Queer Lit Festival. The readings are scheduled for 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Pasaquan.
Artists for Pasaquan allows artists and musicians to demonstrate their belief in the importance of preserving Pasaquan while offering visitors one last chance to see this world-renowned art site before it closes for the winter. Pasaquan and its eccentric creator, Eddie Owens Martin, a.k.a. St. EOM, have been featured in dozens of local, regional, and national publications and television shows, including the New York Times, NPR, Smithsonian Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. 
The complex consists of six unique buildings, all interconnected by a series of painted masonry walls, colorful concrete sculptures and an assortment of interesting landscape elements and plantings. Pasaquan is an amazing example of individual creativity and a personal vision that is virtually unmatched in its scope and concept anywhere else in the world.
Cameras and picnic baskets are welcome. Food will also be available for purchase.
The site is located near Buena Vista, Ga., an easy drive from Atlanta, Columbus, Macon and Albany. For directions and further information, visit www.pasaquan.com.
Admission to Artists for Pasaquan is $5 per person, free for kids 6 and under. Cash only, please. All proceeds go to the preservation of Pasaquan.
Artists for Pasaquan Weekend
Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (gates close at 6)
Sunday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is $5 (free for kids 6 and under)
Visit www.pasaquan.com for directions


Recent Events -- A Field Trip and a Wedding

On Saturday, October 19, Stephanie Clayton and Patrick Bennett were married in a beautiful ceremony --

Photo by Annie Moye

And in early October a world religions class from Chattahoochee Valley Community College visited. The group was led by Professors Salman Elawad and Peter Branum, and a good time was had by all!

Photo by Fred Fussell